The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Development

Paris - May 11, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Algeria - Economic diplomacy - Visit by Mr. Laurent Fabius (May 12, 2015)

◢  Malta - Visit by Mr. Harlem Désir (May 11 to 12, 2015)

◢  Nepal - Update (May 11, 2015)

◢  Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE) - UNESCO - Final of the Budding Ambassadors program (Paris, May 12 to 13, 2015)

Algeria - Economic diplomacy - Visit by Mr. Laurent Fabius (May 12, 2015)

Mr. Laurent Fabius will pay a visit to Algeria on May 12, accompanied by representatives from French companies. He will discuss our main bilateral projects as well as regional issues with his Algerian counterpart, the prime minister and the highest authorities in Algeria.

In Algiers, Laurent Fabius will co-chair a follow-up meeting of the Algerian-French Joint Economic Committee (COMEFA), which took place in November 2014. This meeting will be devoted to three key sectors: transport, housing and living environment, and agrifood. Before the next COMEFA session, scheduled to take place in October 2015, we would like to strengthen our partnership in all areas and work on other joint projects in the industry, renewable energy and tourism sectors.

Mr. Laurent Fabius will also visit Annaba, in order to participate in the inauguration of the CITAL plant (streetcars), the result of a French-Algerian partnership in which ALSTOM is notably involved.

Malta - Visit by Mr. Harlem Désir (May 11 to 12, 2015)

Mr. Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will visit Malta today and tomorrow. A few weeks after the extraordinary European Council meeting on migration-related challenges, he will discuss with Mr. Louis Grech, his Maltese counterpart, migration and asylum issues. He will also visit the European Asylum Support Office.

Mr. Désir will be received by Mr. George Vella, Maltese Minister of Foreign Affairs.

This visit will also provide an opportunity to work on strengthening our bilateral relations and to meet with the French business community in Malta.

Nepal - Update (May 11, 2015)

According to the Nepalese authorities, the toll exacted by the earthquake now stands at 7,802 dead and almost 16,000 injured.

Ten of our nationals died during this disaster: 2 in Kathmandu and 8 in Langtang Valley.

The searches and the cross-checking of information jointly carried out by our embassy in Kathmandu and the crisis and support center helped allay concerns about cases reported since the earthquake.

More than 3,000 of our compatriots were found safe and well thanks to the efforts of around 30 members of the crisis and support center, our embassy in Nepal, sécurité civile [emergency services] personnel and experts from the National Gendarmerie's Institute of Criminal Research (IRCGN), who carried out a thorough investigation and used information from our compatriots’ relatives, local authorities, tourism professionals and mountain guides to find them and provide assistance to them. More than 18,700 calls were handled by the Quai d'Orsay's emergency hotline.

Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE) - UNESCO - Final of the Budding Ambassadors program (Paris, May 12 to 13, 2015)

The final of the Budding Ambassadors program, a flagship program sponsored by the Agency for French Education Abroad, will bring together, at UNESCO's headquarters on May 12 and 13, 50 students from French elementary, middle and high schools abroad.

This project, which was launched in 2013, involves debate tournaments and will help promote multilingualism, the art of public speaking and openness toward other people. This year, the students will debate the topic of "How to be a good tourist. Discovery, responsibility and sharing." The selection of the finalists took place from September 2014 to March 2015 on all continents. In the finals, the 50 selected students will speak in French, English and the language of their school’s host country. 31 countries will be represented.

Ten proposals for a "Charter for young responsible tourists" will be presented at the end of the competition by the students.

The complete program can be found here:

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